Siblings' grade-point averages differ by mere percentage points
April 13, 2015
Forty percent of Watervliet High School’s Top 10 students for the Class of 2015 share the same last name and DNA. What separates the four siblings—three sisters and one brother—are their overall grade-point averages (GPA), which are a mere tenth, or in some cases hundredth, of a percentage point different.
Quadruplets Alison, Nicholas, Elizabeth, and Rebecca Jones rank third, fifth, seventh and tenth in the class, respectively, and have a combined cumulative grade point average of 93.75 percent.
In June 2009, the quadruplets shared the spotlight when they emceed Watervliet Elementary School's Grade 6 Moving Up ceremony. Naturally, some things have changed since then, but others remain the same. For example, the siblings were straight A students back then, too. In sixth grade, Rebecca received an academic achievement award in reading and English; today, she aspires to be a librarian. Beth, who won an award for physical education in sixth grade, is currently a star player on Watervliet's varsity softball team. See June 2009 Troy Record article
Parents Dani and John Jones described what it’s like to raise four smart children who also just happen to be born within four minutes of each other.
“It’s like raising four smart children who don’t happen to be quadruplets, except fewer birthday parties,” said dad John, “and something we are extremely proud of. The day the class ranking came out was one of few days you know you did something right … not everything, just something.”
And, what about sibling rivalry?
“I’d describe it more as a friendly competition,” said mom Dani, who works in the main office at Watervliet Elementary School. “There’s a little ribbing of whoever might have the lowest grade in a quiz or their quarterly grades, but it’s all in a good-spirited way.”
According to Becky, technically the eldest of the quadruplets, she nearly missed being in the Top 10. “At the end of the first quarter, my GPA put me in the 11th spot,” she said. “Knowing that my sisters and brother were in the Top 10 made me work that much harder. By the second quarter I got my grades up enough to make it in.”
Dad said he wasn’t too surprised by his children’s academic success.
“They all are smart kids’” he said, “and they’ve had great teachers who inspired them to want to be good students. Also, the kids spent a lot of time when they were young doing homework in front of us.”
With all the quadruplets heading to college next year, what will the Jones’ household be like?
“It will be quieter, and Price Chopper will be getting less of our money,” said Dani. “John and I can finally take a trip or even go to dinner by ourselves, or so we think.”
The nest won’t be completely empty, at least not yet, as two of the four, Becky and Nick will be attending nearby Hudson Valley Community College in Troy and older brother Christian, who works in the area, also lives at home. Beth plans to attend The College of Saint Rose in Albany, while Ali will attend SUNY Oneonta.
“I’m very grateful that I will still have three kids living at home,” Dani said. “I am dreading the ‘empty nest.’ One would think with the chaos of five kids that I’d be looking forward to that time, but I’m not.”
“Yes, thankfully for Mom, we’re easing into that with no one planning on being more than two hours away,” John said.